After school started in Clover and York Counties on Monday, two days later 71 students have tested positive for COVID-19. WCNC says an additional 243 students who could’ve had possible contact are now in quarantine in Fort Mill.
Fort Mill school officials have said that elementary schools have been impacted the most. A spokesperson also said that most cases came from exposure before the start of school. “When you hear those numbers outright, at first you might think, ‘whoa, they had 71 cases in the first two days.’ That’s not exactly the correct context for it,” said Joe Burke with the school district.
Rock Hill is similar with 46 students and 12 staff members testing positive. They also have 205 people in quarantine.
Under current South Carolina state law, a mask mandate is illegal. But SC School Superintendent Molly Spearman advises parents to “listen to your doctors. Let’s not listen to social media.” State Epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell is also stressing the importance of wearing masks.
SC Governor Henry McMaster threatened to defund school districts that require masks.